Sport? Not a Sport?

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  1. Bengal B

    Bengal B Founding Member

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    And are the participants athletes?

    Football, Baseball, Basketball & Hockey - Sports

    Football - Athletes but some kickers might not be athletes

    Baseball - Former Philadelphia Philly John "I am not a" Kruk
    once said "I ain't no athlete, hell, I'm a baseball
    player." David Wells is a Fat Tub of Goo but he
    once pitched a perfect game while suffering from
    a hangover.

    Basketball - You are gasping for breath before the first quarter
    is over if you're not an athlete.

    Hockey - Even though they have a puck instead of a ball it is
    a sport and they are definately athletes.

    Bowling - Uses a ball so it is a sport. Participants train with
    multiple 12 ounce curls with the beer bottle of their
    choice to get in shape.

    Boxing- I have a problem with the "Sweet Science" because
    the outcome of so many bouts are the result of the
    judges decision but they are athletes.

    Figure Skating - Athletic skill required but winners and losers
    determined by predjudiced judges.

    Synchonized Swimming - Same as Figure Skating

    Tennis - A sport with great athletes.

    Professional Bass Fishing - See Bowling but without a ball

    Extreme Sports - Great athletic skills required along with a
    suicidal mindset.

    Chess - I only included chess because I once saw a story in
    Sports Illustrated about chess. Not a sport - players
    not athletes. A quadreplegic could be a better chess
    player than a winner of the marathon or decathlon

    Golf - Uses a ball so it is a sport. Tiger Woods is an athlete
    but John Daly is a drunken Fat Tub of Goo and he has
    won 2 majors.

    Poker - Since they showed the World Series of Poker on ESPN
    they must consider it a sport but I don't. BUT - You
    gotta have balls to play for the kind of money they do.

    Bicycling - Lance Armstrong might be the greatest athlete in the
    world even if his doctors took his balls off.

    Hunting - Sport or not? Depends on whether you go out and
    stalk Bambi, Donald or Daffy or Bugs on your own or
    if you pay big bucks to a professional guide to drive
    your prey into a can't miss shot.

    Auto Racing - No ball involved but the wheels are round. Takes
    great eye - hand - foot coordinatation to be
    competitive. Not Athletes - Great video game
    players have those "motor skills" too.

    Swimming - Gotta be a great athlete to win.

    Diving - Takes balls to do flips off the high board but results
    determined by judges decision - Not a Sport

    Weight Lifting - Whoever lifts the most weight wins - A Sport

    Wrestling - No doubt that The Rock is a great athlete but Stone
    Cold Steve Austin is looking a little soft these days
    and how about 50 year old guys like Hulk Hogan and
    Rick Flair who are still doing it?

    Gymnastics - Great athletes but winners and losers are still
    determined by judges - Not a Sport.

    Saltwater Fishing - Not only a sport but those of us who
    regularly make the grueling 3 + hour drive
    from Baton Rouge to the Gulf Coast in
    conditions that are sometimes so foggy
    that you can't see 3 feet beyond the
    windshield to stalk the wily Speckled Trout
    and Redfish are the Greatest athletes in the
    world. I had to hire 2 personal trainers just
    to keep in shape. Bud Weiser keeps me
    tuned and sharp with his regimen of 12 ounce
    curls and without Jack Daniels making me get
    out of a warm bed at 3 AM I would never
    make it.
     
  2. TexasTigers

    TexasTigers Are You With Me ?

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    Yup my argument exactly, anything that is subjective or "voted" on is not a sport its entertainment. Not saying they are not athletes, or what they do requires skill. But what they do is NOT a sport.
    Figure Skating - Its dinner Theatre or Ice - To me that is the best example of something that DOES NOT BELONG in the olympics, if you allow figure skating you must add Broadway dancing and Ballet. Its the same damn thing.

    Anyway great post.
     
  3. Bengal B

    Bengal B Founding Member

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    Here's another one - Pool - A sport because it uses a ball but not athletes. - Minnesota Fats was another Fat Tub of Goo but he was a great pool player.

    Ping Pong - Uses a ball so its a sport - Are Ping Pong Players athletes? Gotta say yes. During a period of my life when I was a Fat Tub of Goo I was able to compete on an equal level with some of the best players in the state. Why? Early in my Ping Pong playing days I had zip for offensive skills but was able to beat most players with a good offense due to my defensive skills even using a generic sandpaper paddle by returning slam after slam until my opponent made a mistake. It was not until the intoduction of high tech rubber paddles capable of imparting incredible spin on the ball that I developed an offense to go along with my defense.
     
  4. Ryan

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    A fat tub of goo can still be an athlete. Athleticism does not equate to being in shape. That said, the greatest athletes are NFL WRs, NBA SGs and SFs, and soccer players. Baseball is a sport, but like hockey, more skill is needed than athleticism.
     
  5. SoLa in NoIll

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    Bengal B, no offense, but your citerion for whether some activity is a sport or not, namely whether a "ball" is used or not, is simply silly. Your argument rules out such things as all track and field sports save the shotput, all types of skiing, horse racing and basically every winter sport EXCEPT hockey (although a "modified ball" is used). By your definition, croquet, bocci ball and badmitton are sports, but Greco-Roman wrestling is not. Interesting.

    Can you tell it is the off-season?
     
  6. Bengal B

    Bengal B Founding Member

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    The uses a ball, dosen't use a ball criteria was tounge - in - cheek and was meant to be faceitious. I know a guy (he is a lawyer) who once told me that if you don't use a gun or a rod and reel its not a sport.

    The only time I ever watch things like gymnastics or figure skating is during the Olympics. I hate it when some American kid gives what looks to me like a great performance and some Russian or French judge lowballs their score.

    And yes, it is most definately the off season - Last Sunday there was an Arena football game on one channel and an NFL Europe football game on another. I tried to watch some of it but got bored real quick. They just don't excite me like NFL or NCAA football. Thank God for LSU baseball and the NBA playoffs. Lets hope the Tigers play deep into June and the NBA finals go 7 games.
     
  7. BayouBengal

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    We were bored last week so we checked out the Women's Softball College World Series. Texas has one thing going for them, they have a hottie for a pitcher. We didnt have anyone particular to pull for since LSU wasnt in it so we pulled for the hot ones. It was a slow week.
     
  8. Bengal B

    Bengal B Founding Member

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    I watched some of the womens softball world series last year. Arizona or Arizona State, I forget which had a real hot babe as their pitcher
     
  9. BayouBengal

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    You gotta remember LSU's own Britni Sneed was very attractive as well. I remember she struck out Wally Pontiff during halftime of the LSU v Tenn Basketball game.

    I guess I have a thing for tall chicks. Although I dont stand much of a chance with them being I am 5'9 on a good day.
     
  10. Bengal B

    Bengal B Founding Member

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    Tall chicks - short chicks - gotta love em all. I'm 6'3' so I never had a problem with tall chicks not wanting to be seen with somebody shorter than them but I have had a few girlfiends in the 5'0' - 5'3' range. I can talk about that here because the lady I live with dosen't read this forum (5'7' Not too tall- not too short)

    Oops - shes awake - gotta minimize this website and bring up something that makes it look like I'm working - Aaaarrrgghh - not that one- its a porn site! I clicked on the wrong icon!
     

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